« Meta-Analysis Reveals TCM’s Benefit To Cancer Patients »- Asian Scientist

« A systematic review of nearly 24,000 studies has found that traditional Chinese medicine can benefit cancer patients.
A meta-analysis of dozens of studies has found that traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and other non-pharmacological interventions, such as acupuncture and therapeutic massage, had benefits such as reduced gastrointestinal disruptions after surgery and lessened fatigue in cancer patients.
« Acupuncture, tai chi, qi gong, therapeutic massage and five elements musical intervention were among the approaches evaluated in a new analysis of traditional Chinese medicine and its effects on quality of life in Chinese cancer patients. »

The review, reported in Oncotarget, found that TCM-related approaches aimed at improving patients’ quality of life, on the whole, help to alleviate depression, fatigue, pain, anxiety, insomnia and gastrointestinal problems in Chinese cancer patients. “The meta-analysis confirmed that traditional Chinese medicine enhanced global quality of life for Chinese cancer patients,” said University of Illinois animal sciences and pathology Professor Emeritus Keith Kelley, an author of the study.

The authors believe the meta-analysis to be the most comprehensive study published to date of traditional Chinese medicine psycho-behavioral interventions and cancer patient quality of life. “Our findings will promote more investigations into how the body and mind are connected during disease development, and will facilitate better cancer treatments,” said Dr. Qiang (Quentin) Liu, of Dalian Medical University in China. (…) »